Apple allowed by the courts to intervene in iOS developer patent dispute

Apple allowed by the courts to intervene in iOS developer patent dispute
Back on June 9th of last year, Apple filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit between various iOS app developers and a company called Lodsys which is being portrayed as a patent troll. Lodsys is a non-practicing entity which means that its only business is taking people to court to try to win patent infringement suits and licensing patents from its portfolio. The only problem is that this courtroom bully might have met its match in Apple as the Cupertino based company claims it has a license for the patents in question and as a result, the developers are licensed by extension. This legal concept is called patent exhaustion.

Lodsys licenses patents and defends them in court

Lodsys licenses patents and defends them in court

The original case filed in the Eastern District of Texas, involved Lodsys against small app developers. But the complaint was later amended to include larger companies including Rovio, developer of the wildly popular Angry Birds games. After Apple filed its motion last June, Lodsys filed a motion the next month laying out its arguments why Apple should not be allowed to throw its 2 cents in. The next month, Apple filed another motion saying that they really, really want to be involved.

Today, the word came from the court. Apple is indeed allowed to intervene in the case, but on a limited basis. The court's ruling reads as, "Apple is permitted to intervene in this suit, but such intervention is limited to the issues of patent exhaustion and licensing."

source: FossPatents

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3 Comments

1. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

hmm... what apple is saying "Suing? That's our line of business.. Our work.. Let's get involve in that.. I'll sue you if we don't get involve.."

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Apple to the rescue of developers, hope it wins. That patent troll company has been really annoying lately.

3. rendHELL

Posts: 304; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

i agree with you.... this should company should know the meaning of stop.

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